Who Was Aaron Burr? - Duel & Trial History


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What started the rivalry between Burr and Hamilton?

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1. When Burr was vice-president of the United States, who was the president?

2. What prompted Burr to challenge Hamilton to an 'affair of honor?'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Aaron Burr served as vice president of the United States, but his ambitions, his habit of slandering rivals and opponents and his duel with Hamilton ended his promising political career. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the details of Burr's duel with Hamilton, his schemes beyond Washington and his place in American history.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The rivalry between Burr and Hamilton
  • Burr's term as vice president
  • Why Burr challenged Hamilton to an 'affair of honor'
  • Why Burr was accused of treason
  • Burr's trial for treason

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access your knowledge on Aaron Burr and early American politics
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of Burr to answer questions about his political ambitions and career
  • Making connections - examine how Burr's ambitions led to the U.S. Constitution's 12th Amendment

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on Aaron Burr. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand Aaron Burr's role in early American politics
  • Know the details of Burr's duel with Hamilton
  • Understand the electoral process in 1800
  • Know about Burr's scheme in the West
  • Understand the factors that led to charges of treason against Burr